Tathagata Roy sworn in Meghalaya Governor

Tathagata Roy sworn in Meghalaya Governor
The newly-appointed Governor of Meghalaya, Tathagata Roy, in the swearing-in ceremony on Saturday at Shillong Raj Bhavan.
Correspondent Shillong, Aug 25 | Publish Date: 8/25/2018 11:50:22 AM IST

Former Tripura Governor, Tathagata Roy, who is known for his pro-Hindutva view Saturday took charge as the governor of Christian-dominated state of Meghalaya.

Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court, Mohammed Yaqoob Mir administered the oath of office to Roy at a brief ceremony attended by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and his cabinet ministers besides Congress Lok Sabha member Vincent Pala at the Raj Bhavan here. Senior State BJP and RSS leaders also witnessed the simple oath taking ceremony.

However, members of the opposition Congress party were conspicuous by their absence. 

“The Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma conveyed his regret for not attending the swearing in since he has already prior engagement,” a Raj Bhavan official. Senior government officials including senior Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Central Armed Police Force officials also attended the function.

The swearing-in ceremony was followed by a State Guard of Honour presented by Meghalaya Police at Raj Bhavan.

Roy was appointed as Meghalaya Governor on August 21 replacing Ganga Prasad who has been transferred and appointed as Sikkim Governor. Prasad took oath as the governor of Meghalaya on October 5, last year. 

Haryana Governor, Kaptan Singh Solanki was transferred and appointed as the new governor of Tripura in place of Roy. It is a home-coming for the 73-year-old Roy  for his new posting in Shillong as he have spent part of his childhood in Shillong.

“When I received this order to move from Tripura to Meghalaya, I was a little sad because I had set my mind on staying in Tripura for three years but then I was also very happy because coming to Meghalaya is like home coming,” Roy told journalists. “I had spent my early childhood here, my next younger brother Sowgata who is an MP now he had been born here in Ganesh Das hospital. 

This city I know like the back of my hand all the way from Garikhana to Happy Valley,” he said. Recalling his childhood days in Shillong, Roy said, “The look of the city has changed, when we were children there was no traffic jam, and the buildings were all Assam-typed building, and none of these monstrosities that have grown up now.”

“I would like to address these matters of architecture of Shillong at some point of time. But inspite of everything, Shillong is Shillong and I love it,” he said

Lamenting on the traffic jam in Shillong, the newly elected governor called for use of good public transport. “If good public transport is arranged then the road occupancy will be much less and private transport must be discouraged...,” he added. 


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